Level II Trauma Center

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s trauma center treats the most seriously injured patients and is one of the region’s busiest for adult trauma care.
ARMC’s response teams in emergency/trauma deployed their disaster preparedness training on Dec. 2, 2015 to treat victims of the terrorist attack. The hospital’s Incident Command Center worked with law enforcement, county officials, Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA), and other key partners to ensure safe and timely access to the ER and trauma bays.

Trauma Services Injury Prevention Programs

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Trauma Prevention programs are dedicated to the promotion of healthy behaviors and the prevention of injury and death through education and outreach. ARMC is a level II trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons. We have partnered with local community groups, government agencies, coalitions, and local schools to focus on prevention and intervention strategies to reduce trauma-related injuries and deaths.

Goal: ARMC trauma injury prevention programs seek to prevent the most critical health risks for Americans through education and prevention techniques. Trauma injuries are the leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 1 and 44 nationally. Each year, millions of people are injured, which results in temporary or permanent disabilities. Trauma centers can use teachable moments generated by injuries to implement effective prevention strategies. Through our injury prevention programs, our goal is to decrease the number of injuries and deaths due to trauma.

http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/overview/key_data.html

Older Adults Fall Prevention

Falls are a significant public health problem that affects 1 in 3 older adults. Falls have devastating outcomes in older adults. Falls may result in decreased function, fear of falling, limiting activities, increasing healthcare cost, and even death (CDC, 2012). The program’s goal is to reduce the fall risk for older adults, people aged 58 and older, through education, intervention, and community resources. ARMC has partnered with the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, Fall Prevention Coalition. The mission of the coalition is to reduce fall risks for older adults through education, advocacy, planning, and community action. For more information on how to make your home safer to prevent a fall or to attend a fall prevention class, please call (909) 580-1376.

http://stopfalls.org/

Falls and Hip Fractures among Older Adults


Older Adult Drivers Program

The CarFit Educational Program was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with American Automobile Association, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The CarFit Program is a community-based educational program that offers older drivers the opportunity to discover how well their cars “fit” them so they can become safer and more comfortable behind the wheel. The CarFit Program was designed to promote safe driving and mobility among older adult drivers, and encourages education and awareness about safety information related to driving. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. To schedule a CarFit appointment, please call (909) 580-1376.

http://www.cdc.gov/Older_Adult_Drivers/

http://www.car-fit.org/

Youth Violence Prevention

The Fountain of Life: Reflections Program is a multi-faceted community-based / hospital-based program. Its goal is to meet the needs of the community through Restorative Justice Practices. The purpose of the program is to provide at-risk youth with a glimpse into true life and death situations as a catalyst to promote self-correction. The program seeks to ensure that victims, offenders, and the community receive guidance, mentoring, education, and skills to make better lifestyle choices. The program provides educational services to at-risk youth to reduce delinquency, drug and alcohol use, distracted driving, violence, and incarceration. ARMC’s Trauma Center has partnered with the Fountain of Life and local schools to provide a four hour once-a-month program (the last Saturday of each month) that consists of approximately 10-20 youths and their parents. The Fountain of Life: Reflections Program has an impressive 94 percent success rate. For more information about the program please call (909) 580-1376.

http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention

http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol


Every 15 Minutes

Every 15 Minutes is a school and community-based alcohol prevention program which is essential in helping to reduce and eliminate alcohol use among adolescents. This program is designed to dramatically instill in teenagers the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. The program challenges students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the dangerous consequences of their actions. In addition, this program includes the participation of the police and fire departments, high school staff, ARMC trauma staff, video production crew, community officials, district attorney's office, funeral homes, and a wide cross-section of the community. The goal of the program is to bring together a broad coalition of interested local agencies and reduce alcohol-related incidents/ motor vehicle accidents among youth. ARMC participates in Every 15 Minutes annually to help reduce motor vehicle accidents.

https://www.chp.ca.gov/every-15-minutes


Car seats and transportation safety

Car accidents are among the leading causes of death in children. California law requires children to be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat until age 8. Know the laws in your area and keep your child out of the ER by using proper car restraints every time he or she gets in a motor vehicle. ARMC has trained child passenger safety technicians who teach families how to transport their children safely. If you need help on how to properly install your child’s car seat please call and schedule a FREE car seat assessment (909) 580-1376.

http://www.healthychildren.orgsafety-prevention

http://www.safercar.gov/

http://www.safekids.org/


Safe Kids Worldwide/ Safe Kids Inland Empire

ARMC’s Trauma Center has partnered with Safe Kids IE to help keep kids safe. For more information and resources please visit: www.safekids.org

Safety tips on bike and car safety, fires, burns, pedestrian and water safety to help keep children safe.

http://www.cdc.gov/headsup


Drowning Prevention

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old. It’s the third-leading cause of death among children. ARMC’s Trauma Center has partnered with the Safe Kids IE Drowning Prevention Network to help prevent drowning-related deaths and injuries. Help prevent drowning-related death or injuries by never leaving children alone in or around water. For more information please visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/

Screening and Brief Intervention Program

Drinking alcohol increases a person’s chance of being injured or even killed. Alcohol is a factor, for example, in about 60 percent of fatal burn injuries, drownings, and homicides, 50 percent of severe trauma injuries and sexual assaults; and 40 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides, and fatal falls (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). Inpatients from accidents or injuries resulting from >.08 blood alcohol levels receive intervention therapy from an injury prevention specialist. The focus is on skill building resources to assist the first offender from subsequent offenses involving alcohol use. For more information about Rethinking Drinking: and resources please visit:

http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm


Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention

To help prevent tragic and unnecessary deaths due to heatstroke ARMC hosts an annual educational awareness campaign in August that is geared toward educating parents, children, and caregivers.

The Campaign Encourages Everyone to ACT

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks – even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.
  • C: Create reminders. Place something you'll need at your next stop - like a briefcase or cell phone - next to the child safety seat. It may seem simple, but can be a helpful reminder on a chaotic day.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, take action. Call 911. Emergency personnel are trained to respond to these situations.

See more at:

http://www.safekids.org/preventing-heatstroke#sthash.A9P1ZOTg.dpuf

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/children.html

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html


Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people experience after seeing or living through a traumatic event. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger. For more information regarding PTSD please visit the link below:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml#part_145373

PTSD Coach Online: Self-help tools to help build coping skills

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/ptsdcoachonline/default.htm

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